Riding the Circular Train in Yangon, Myanmar

Huge bags are loaded onto the Circular Train at Yangon Central Station

Our guide, Mu Mu, wrinkled up her nose when she learned I planned to take the Circular Train in Yangon. “It is not very comfortable,” she said. “Hard to go to the bathroom and takes a long time.” It sounded perfect to me. Later that morning, I traipsed through the mud to a dilapidated ticket … Read more

PHOTO: Afternoon Tea and Checkers in Myanmar

Afternoon break for tea and checkers in Myanmar. Squatting on low plastic stools set out on the streets around the Scott Market in Yangon, they seem oblivious to the cars and motorcycles speeding by with just inches to spare.

Click on title to view photo in large format: Afternoon break for tea and Checkers in Myanmar. Squatting on low plastic stools that are set out on the streets around Scott Market in Yangon, these men seemed oblivious to the cars and motorcycles that sped by with only inches to spare. The game is played … Read more

PHOTO: Unloading Charcoal at the Market in Dala, Myanmar

Unloading bags of charcoal at the market in Dala, a small village across the river from downtown Yangon, Myanmar

Click on title to view photo in large format: Unloading charcoal to be sold at the market in Dala, a small village across the river from downtown Yangon, Myanmar. In an attempt to slow down deforestation, the production of charcoal has been restricted in some regions of the country. Charcoal use in the cities is … Read more

PHOTO: Proud Papa and Baby in Yangon, Myanmar

Proud papa and baby pose for photos while riding the Circular Train that makes a three-hour circuit around Yangon, Myanmar

Click on title to view photo in large format: Proud papa and baby pose for photos while riding the Circular Train that makes a three-hour circuit around Yangon, Myanmar. The baby’s face is covered with Thanakha paste, made from a powder obtained by grinding branches of the Thanakha tree. It is widely used as a … Read more